Commander Philip Woodward

CMDR Philip Woodward

Commander Philip Woodward joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1996 as an Aviation Warfare Officer, initially completing studies in Aeronautical Engineering at the Australian Defence Force Academy. After initial training, he posted to 817 Squadron in 2002 to fly the Sea King helicopter, completing embarked detachments in HMAS Tobruk, Success, Kanimbla and Manoora, with deployments to Operation RELEX II and Operation SUMATRA ASSIST.

CMDR Woodward is a graduate of the United Kingdom Royal Air Force Aerosystems Course. As an Aerosystems Qualified Trials Officer at Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU) (2007-10), he was responsible for the flight trials, assessments and introduction of new capabilities across all naval helicopter types. This included the first embarkations of the MRH90 capability.

Qualifying as an Aviation Warfare Instructor in 2010, he was posted to the School of Air Warfare at RAAF East Sale as the Senior Naval Officer and served as the Executive Officer during his tenure. Flying the King Air 350 operated by Royal Australian Air Force's 32 Squadron, he instructed on Navy's AvWO and Air Force's ACO Courses.

A graduate of the ADF Capability and Technology Management College, CMDR Woodward's educational qualifications also include a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical) and Master of Capability Management from the University of NSW, and Master of Science (Aerospace Systems) from Kingston University, London.

CMDR Woodward served in Navy's Capability Division from 2015 to 2019 in sponsorship roles for the Maritime Support and Combat Helicopters, introduction of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System and capability development for the Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Project.

CMDR Woodward assumed Command of 822X Squadron in December 2019.